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    Traveling Solo

    Hello All!

    Have any of you ever traveled alone?

    I don't know why, but I'm craving some time away from everyone I know, and I feel like I should take a trip.

    I'm from Texas, and a road trip sounds really nice - music blaring, sunshining, just me and my thoughts.

    Any advice for a solo traveler? What do you do at night? Strike out on your own and make new friends?

    I'm also a female, so safety is a concern.

    Thanks!

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    Tips For Traveling Solo

    Sure I have - mostly it requires common sense. Stay in well-lit areas with good throughway traffic. Don't wander off with any Tom, Dick, or John. Don't accept drinks from strangers. Avoid bad areas when at all possible, and remember to check in with someone who cares at least once a day. In fact schedule a call to someone you know for at least twice a day - and let them know they need to go on alert if you miss more than one call within a certain period. Otherwise have fun!

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    Cautions While Traveling Solo

    I have, and I really enjoy it. No one rushing me or wanting to get to the thing that interests them, no one second-guessing restaurant choices or wanting to chat when I'd like some quiet. It really is lovely.

    I honestly never worry more about safety because I'm solo. I just follow the same common-sense rules I always do, though a certain level of caution in just ingrained in me after spending a lot of time living and working in some not-so-nice parts of Detroit. I don't go wandering dark streets at night or put myself into situations where I'm all alone in an isolated area, and I'm careful about parking under a streetlight/light post if I know I'm going to be returning to my car after dark.

    I don't find that I spend much time on my solo trips making friends or chatting with strangers. I tend to keep to myself, but I'm quite introverted and very comfortable people watching or just being alone with my thoughts. And by the time I get around to a solo trip, it is usually because I need a break from the constant chatter and activity in our household so I treasure the quiet rather than feeling bored/lonely for lack of company.

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    Travel Solo Safety Precautions

    I haven't road tripped alone, as I don't have the patience to drive for long periods of time, eventually I need someone to take the wheel. I've gotten on a plane to travel alone, which was...eh, it was okay. If I'm checking out the sites, browsing through local shops, I'm fine. But when I want to do something that requires social interaction, it gets a little tough. I'm not as vibrant of a social butterfly when surrounded by strangers.

    I think you should take the same safety precautions while traveling alone as you would traveling otherwise. When in doubt, don't.

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    I've never traveled solo but for those who don't mind I'm sure it can be a fun time, getting away from it all and meeting new people along the way. As a female myself I would be a bit nervous traveling alone, and it's sad that has to be a reality but unfortunately it is. Like someone else mentioned your "common sense" radar needs to really be alert. Be careful about not giving out too much information about yourself to people, watch being followed ect... tell family and friends where you are each step of your journey so if they haven't heard from you in a few days they can check in to make sure things are going well.

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    Re: Traveling Solo

    Quote Originally Posted by ClaireSATX View Post
    Hello All!

    Have any of you ever traveled alone?

    I don't know why, but I'm craving some time away from everyone I know, and I feel like I should take a trip.

    I'm from Texas, and a road trip sounds really nice - music blaring, sunshining, just me and my thoughts.

    Any advice for a solo traveler? What do you do at night? Strike out on your own and make new friends?

    I'm also a female, so safety is a concern.

    Thanks!
    I so understand how you feel. I love to travel alone even though my family thinks its a dangerous thing to do. I've actually found it to be very rewarding heading out by myself especially to dinner or any place where lots of people gather. I always make new friends and have an awesome time. I can do whatever I want whenever I want and I don't have to take other people's preferences or time into consideration when traveling solo. I say go for it!

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    Re: Traveling Solo

    I've done it a couple of times but I do prefer going with a friend. The days are alright on your own but the nighttime is usually quite boring on your own, sure you can go and find new friends but that's also something that you can do with a friend and you always know that you won't strike out.

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    Re: Traveling Solo

    I have traveled solo many times. While I enjoy traveling with others, when I try by myself I get more time to reflect. You also don't have to negotiate your schedule with anyone else. It is nice to be able to go where you want when you want. If your nervous about traveling solo, participate in a tour company for part of or all of your trip. That way you can see the places you want without the safety concerns.

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    Traveling alone is awesome because you can do whatever you want to do, when you want to do it. I took my first trip alone on spring break one year to New Orleans. After that I was hooked on traveling and had to take a trip each year. I also visited New York City and Orlando alone. I'm female also. Just stay out of the shady-looking areas and places people warn you about. Also, just use common sense. When I was out alone at night in New Orleans, I allowed myself to be caught up in, and pretended I was with, another group of people. I walked along with them till I reached my destination. They never even noticed, and nobody was none-the-wiser that I didn't know them or that I was alone.

    Generally at night, since I saw my trips as a time to have fun and relax, I'd just be in my room resting and relaxing. There was tv, and I usually would bring books and magazines with me. I guess I'm kind of boring like that, but I had already spent the day out and about. I felt no need to be out at night.

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    Re: Traveling Solo

    I've traveled solo as a female and have never had any bad experiences doing so. I think you just need to use common sense and be aware of your surroundings. Living in a major urban area as I do, this is normal practice for me so it is second nature. I've traveled solo to Europe and around the U.S. While sometimes it can get lonely, often at night and at mealtime (especially if you are somewhere that most people do not speak your language) , there is something freeing and empowering about the experience of getting off of an airplane alone in an entirely new destination.

    If you are thinking of traveling alone and have some fears, I would start small and perhaps just take a weekend or a day trip by yourself somewhere relatively close by to feel it out. If it goes well, you can start planning for longer or further away excursions. The next thing you know you'll be backpacking across Nepal

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    Re: Traveling Solo

    I travel solo sometimes for conferences. I think it depends a lot on the city you are going to (or country), where you stay, and how safe you feel personally when you get there. I went to Denver, stayed at a hotel near the square area for shopping, close to downtown, and freely walked around without any fear at all. Obviously as a woman you have to be careful...cautious, but I tend to go with my gut. In Denver, I walked around as I pleased, unmolested. In other cities I've been to, I didn't feel safe, and so I walked around during the day, and did something indoors at night, or went out with a group.

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    Re: Traveling Solo

    I have traveled alone for work. I really would rather travel with a good friend. One trick for eating out alone in a restaurant is to bring a good book/kindle with you. It gives the message that you are there deliberately alone instead of because you couldn't find anyone to go out with.

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    Re: Traveling Solo

    Quote Originally Posted by Vittrad73 View Post
    I've traveled solo as a female and have never had any bad experiences doing so. I think you just need to use common sense and be aware of your surroundings. Living in a major urban area as I do, this is normal practice for me so it is second nature. I've traveled solo to Europe and around the U.S. While sometimes it can get lonely, often at night and at mealtime (especially if you are somewhere that most people do not speak your language) , there is something freeing and empowering about the experience of getting off of an airplane alone in an entirely new destination.

    If you are thinking of traveling alone and have some fears, I would start small and perhaps just take a weekend or a day trip by yourself somewhere relatively close by to feel it out. If it goes well, you can start planning for longer or further away excursions. The next thing you know you'll be backpacking across Nepal
    Europe is something that I have yet to attempt to do. The US I can deal with; Europe, not so much. It just seems a bit overwhemling with the idea of traveling to a bunch of countries where you don't speak the language (I could get by in Spain, and that's it), driving on the wrong side of the road or figuring out the trains, different cultures and expectations overall. I don't know. Also, I KNOW the language thing isn't THAT bad since most do speak English, but the overall idea just freaks me out, even though I'd love to go. I don't even think I'd consider attempting to travel Europe alone. I'd need someone there to get lost with and to make a fool of ourselves together, rather than by my lonesome.

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    Re: Traveling Solo

    I personally never prefers to travel solo because it's a bit boring some time but if you are good in making friends or in communication so you can enjoy the solo trip as well.

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    Re: Traveling Solo

    It can be a different kind of experience and at the same time bus tours from nyc to maine would be something that appeals in this part for sure.

 

 

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